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Authorities search for link in series of gas station robberies in Orange County

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A police officer investigates the scene of a robbery at a gas station in Placentia early Monday.
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Authorities are trying to determine whether a string of gas station robberies that happened over two hours late Sunday and early Monday in Orange County are connected.

The first armed robbery occurred about 10:50 p.m. Sunday at the Shell gas station at 2641 N. Bristol St. in Santa Ana. The clerk told officers a man with a handgun entered the convenience store and demanded money, Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.

Bertagna said the suspect, who was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, ran from the store and fled in a dark vehicle.

Roughly 10 minutes later, authorities received another armed robbery report in Santa Ana.

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A clerk at the USA Gasoline station at 2730 W. McFadden Ave. told officers a man entered the store, brandished a firearm and demanded money, Bertagna said.

It is not clear how much money was taken from both locations.

A third robbery occurred about 12:40 a.m. in Placentia, about 14 miles from the site of the second holdup in Santa Ana. The clerk at the Circle K gas station at 1801 E. Orangethorpe Ave. told police a man and a woman who were wearing bandanas over their faces stole cash and cigarettes from the business. The man was armed with a baseball bat, and the woman had a Taser. The pair fled in an older model gray Nissan, police said.

Police have not made any arrests in connection with the three robberies.

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Anyone with information is asked to call Placentia Police Department detectives at (714) 993-8146. Tips also can be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at (855) TIP-OCCS ([855] 847-6227).

hannah.fry@latimes.com

Twitter: @Hannahnfry


UPDATES:

9:10 a.m.: This article was updated with additional details from police about the Placentia robbery.

This article was originally published at 6:55 a.m.


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